DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for November 27, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

Meeting Notes

November 27, 2017


Next meeting: Monday, December 4, 2017, 6:00 to 7:00 (or 8:00) p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest. See tentative agenda below.


Present on November 27: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Karen Edison, Frank Dederich


  • Anyone willing to write a letter regarding AJAR53/JR 54 contact Janet at - A sample LET can be seen at:
  • Sun. Jan 28, 2018 – Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum - 6-8:30 PM – location TBA - Sponsored by Eastside Progressives



We highlighted the Sunday, January 28, 2018, 6:00-8:30 PM, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Gubernatorial Candidate Forum sponsored by Eastside Madison Progressives, location to be announced at a later date. It was good to hear that Gretchen Lowe is involved.


We discussed the ”We Care” DWAG statement of beliefs some more. Got stuck a bit on the fourth paragraph, having to do with money being property. We want to make a statement in that paragraph about money not being speech and corporations not being people, but we want to state it in a Lakoff/Witkopf friendly way, and so that it does not sound trite and repetitive of other statements like it elsewhere. The question was raised, too, about whether or not we should make such a document, as it might be unnecessarily inflammatory or wave flags drawing unwanted attention. Further discussion to follow at later meetings.


JohnSki is to contact Hannah Rajnicek, editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune, to reschedule her meeting with us for January, after the holiday season, and bring and new associate editor, Dan Colton.


There will be no DWAG meetings on Monday, December 25th and January 1st for obvious reasons.




Deforest-Windsor Area Grassroots

 “We Care”


We care about other people because we believe that when we all do better, we all do better!

We believe in the value of the things that we cannot provide for ourselves: clean air; clean water; good roads; street lights; police and fire protection; public schools through community colleges and technical schools; public transit systems; municipal water and sewer systems for those who live in built up areas; a free and open INTERNET for all; good public libraries and so many other things that are part of the public Commonwealth. We are willing to work for these things with our voices, our votes, and to contribute to wards them with our tax dollars as a right and a privilege of our membership in this community of free citizens.


We believe that all who benefit from the Commons must pay their fair share: those who produce goods and services and throw their waste products into the common air and water without paying for garbage removal, artificially inflate the profits paid to owners at the expense of their neighbors. Those whose overweight trucks wreck local roads must pay directly for repairs to those roads, rather than shifting the burden onto the Commons. Privatizing the profit and socializing the cost helps the few and penalizes the many.


We believe that an individual human citizen is the only one endowed with the Constitutional right to political speech. We further believe that money is property. Corporations are not “people” and have no place in the political process. No organization created by the laws of a government should have a say in how that government is to be run!


We believe that all citizens have the right to vote and that it is the true responsibility of government to ensure that it is as easy as possible for all citizens to exercise that right as possible. This means that voter ID laws should be repealed, voting hours expanded for early voting, statewide special voting registrar certification reinstated, etc. This includes support for same-day voter registration!


We believe that where workers believe that employer power requires a balancing force, they should be able to organize to unite their voices in a group as a counterbalance to that power. Where such a union exists, unless an employer maintains a two-tier wage/benefit structure for union/non-union members, that employer shall need to collect equivalent sums from all employees to be forwarded to the bargaining agent for its services.


We believe in freedom of religion and the separation of church and state as founding principles of this country. This includes the freedom to not believe in any established religion. 


We believe that health care is a human right and must be available to all at a cost that is affordable to all. We support a woman's right to choose the time and circumstances under which she shall bear a child and urge expanded family planning and reproductive education in the schools. We also urge support for work-place childcare and neonatal family services at all levels. 


We believe that our state university system is a gem to be cherished and protected! We will work to elect legislators who value education as much as we do!


We believe that racial justice must be a core value of the 21st century world and that equality under the law must be vigorously supported by all elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.


Revised 9/30/17 KAREN



Tentative AGENDA –

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

12/04/17 – De Forest Library 6-7or8 PM


Social Time

Review of rules:

  • Cell phones muted (except JohnSki for Kathryn)
  • One person speaks at a time – no side conversations, please!
  • Raise hand to request permission to speak – respect person speaking by not jumping in.
  • Must bring request for a speaker to group BEFORE inviting speaker. Then person with idea for the speaker is in charge of the contact with the speaker, scheduling, intro, etc.
  • Plan limiting meeting length to one hour with rotation of permanent items to ONE per week.


Modify Agenda




Old Business – * means PERMANENT ITEM ** means on agenda for limited time


* Reports by whoever went to events

* Community Rights

* Development of a community intelligence repository (aka “Sign List”)

* Messaging

** Discuss visit in January with new managing editor of the Times-Tribune, Hannah Janacek and new associate editor Dan Colton.

** What will be the DWAG role in the Sunday, January 28, 2018 – Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum - 6-8:30 PM – location TBA - Sponsored by Eastside Progressives?


New Business -




Political discussion


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